Radiators are very much ‘fit for the future’. As renewable heating systems grow in popularity, and as Government adopts policies that see renewables being specified in preference to the standard fossil fuelled alternatives that we’ve come to rely on over the years, we’re having to adapt to new ways of achieving what we all want from our heating systems – effective space heating to keep us warm and comfortable in the colder months of the year and reliable supplies of domestic hot water.
Stelrad is seeing its radiators being specified more and more for renewable heating systems as the popularity of heat pumps rises in the UK and Ireland. It’s clear that radiators are still a popular and sensible choice as homeowners are familiar with how they heat their homes, and when properly sized, they are the perfect solution to share heat from heat pump installations.
So, as these low temperature systems increase in popularity, Stelrad is keen to set the record straight when it comes to some of the misconceptions currently circulating about radiator sizing and compatibility versus the alternative options.
Radiators work in very different ways to alternative heating choices, but they do an as good or better job. We want to put the facts out there for installers and homeowners to choose for themselves without being bamboozled into thinking there is only one option.
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All radiators should be sized correctly for the rooms they are installed in – that has always been the case – and Stelrad offer a free radiator heat loss calculator to help you calculate what you need.
You will require larger radiators for a renewable, low temperature system than you would for a traditional boiler driven heating system because the water flow temperature in the system is lower. Vertical radiators or one of our increasingly popular K3 radiators – with three panels and three fins – with the same radiator footprint for a room as a current K2 radiator, but with 50% additional metal surface to provide increased heat levels are great solutions in these cases.
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